In every business there are people who have reached the top. Classics. Arthur Barry, the "prince of thieves, " the nightmare of New York police officers in the 1920s, was such a thief. last century. With his talents, he could succeed in any business, but chose to confiscate material values from fellow citizens.
Barry specialized in precious stones: he did not take money, he threw away gold (after picking out stones). For all the time he never used a weapon and did not hit any of his, as he called them, “clients”. If they were at home during his visit, he politely asked them to get the jewelry themselves - to save time. He robbed exceptionally rich and influential people. After all, being robbed by a "gentleman thief" became a sign of high status. He showed fantastic resourcefulness. He studied the catalogs of jewelry and gossip columns, went to receptions, studied the layouts of the houses of the rich and the details of the installation of alarms. At one social event, he met the Prince of Wales. Arthur nicely chatted a couple of hours with the future monarch about his relatives, and a few days later a member of the royal family lost 150 thousand dollars worth of jewelry. Rockefeller's mansion was guarded by a pair of specially trained vicious dogs. Barry lowered them on a rope a bitch, which began to heat, and then calmly cleaned the house. He then took the dog from the happy dogs - so as not to leave evidence.
During the First World War, Barry took a vacation, during which he fought and received the Silver Star. He lived on a grand scale, he was driven by a chauffeur in a red Cadillac. He spent most of his income on women. One of them, out of jealousy, handed him over to the police. Barry was sentenced to 25 years in prison, but he was bored in prison. He cunningly made his way into the weapons room, neutralized the guards, distributed weapons to the prisoners and started a riot. In the commotion that arose, he withdrew. Three years later he was caught again, and he did serve his sentence. After leaving prison, he settled in a small town, where, despite his past, he was respected and was elected head of the local organization of war veterans.
At the end of his life he was asked whom he had robbed for the largest amount. Arthur thought and replied: “Myself. I could become a stock trader. Or a teacher. Or a successful businessman. I could have accomplished more and benefit society without spending two-thirds of the best years of my life in prison. "